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Here are 10 cartoonists who have no idea how net neutrality works

Earlier this week, the Tumblr blog posted a bunch of political cartoons about net neutrality, that showed absolutely zero understanding of the plan.

When the FCC voted in favor of new net neutrality regulations this past Thursday, the vote fell along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans in opposition.

After the vote was in, President Obama thanked the more than 4 million people who flooded the FCC’s website in support of net neutrality, saying that “calling for change” is the “backbone of our democracy.” Going back to Nov. 2014, Obama called on the FCC to regulate broadband like a public utility.

But conservatives see things differently. Privileging one form of Web traffic over another doesn’t really concern them. They believe the FCC shouldn’t have the authority to regulate the Internet at all.

Earlier this week, the A Good Cartoon tumblr posted a bunch of political cartoons on the subject that showed absolutely zero understanding of the plan. The person behind the post remade the cartoons, but replaced the words in main bubble of each cartoon with “the cartoonist has no idea how net neutrality works.”

For some reason, the post has been taken down, but we were able to grab a few of the images and share them with you here.

Look:

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45 Comments

  1. Bruno Bonilla

    March 8, 2015 at 1:48 am

    This article would have been worth posting if you had also put up the original cartoons.

  2. BlackKingHFC

    March 8, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I’d have much rather seen how wrong these cartoons actually were. These altered ‘toons are a waste of time.

  3. Fred Sandford

    March 8, 2015 at 5:25 am

    What’s the point of changing the cartoons?

  4. Terry Hanks

    March 8, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Are you blind? Or do you have no idea how net neutrality works?

  5. Randall Hubins

    March 8, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I agree. including the originals for reference would have been better

  6. codymike89

    March 8, 2015 at 6:45 am

    The cartoons only added the word balloons about “the cartoonist has no idea…” So if you want to know how wrong the cartoons actually were, just put your finger over the word balloons. Problem solved!

  7. Kathy Beaumont

    March 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I agree with BlackKing HFC

  8. donald d fissell (@ddfissell)

    March 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    well dead state i thing it is you that has failed to understand what the government can and wiil do under the name of net neutrality. say good buy to one more freedom and hello to monster ISP no more start up ISP to be had

  9. kail121

    March 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Because Comcast and Verizon have been so tolerant toward startup isp’s

  10. geeoh

    March 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Fail. The original captions are needed. The substitute caption is the headline of the article, nothing more.

  11. Jason Jenkins

    March 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Judging by the comments, a whole lot of people have no idea how net neutrality works.

  12. areyouallergictofacts

    March 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I was thinking the same thing.

  13. Acheron Parthenopaeus

    March 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    You are describing the exact opposite of Net Neutrality. The prupose of Net Neutrality is to stop the monster ISPs from abusing the internet and charging content providers like Netflix outrageous fees for faster bandwidth.

  14. Mike O'Connell

    March 8, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    You do understand that without net neutrality a company can move your favorite internet site to the slow lane, which means anything you want to see will take forever to load. Say you enjoy Netflix and a company that controls their dataflow wants to charge them more to broadcast in the fast lane. Without net neutrality, Netflix has only two choices, succumb to the blackmail and pay the higher rate, which means you will pay a higher rate, or say no to the deal, which means your movie will be buffering every three minutes. Government regulations aren’t always bad, especially when they protect consumers like you and me. Think of that next time you get a drink of water from your kitchen tap or eat a ham sandwich. Without government regulations that water could be undrinkable or the ham tainted and you could get sick or die. By the way, a company did try that scheme and did threaten to move Netflix to a slower stream. Netflix did manage to win that battle. Neutrality ensures they won’t have to engage in such battles, which means consumers get a better product. Think about it this way, without Net Neutrality, this original Facebook post might have taken fifteen minutes to diplay on your screen. You might not have had the chance to read it. More importantly, you wouldn’t have had the chance to voice your opinion.

  15. stephanie

    March 9, 2015 at 12:55 am

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  16. King Rock

    March 9, 2015 at 4:40 am

    the reason the original post is down is because Chip Bok got mad and sent a DMCA notice to tumblr.

  17. Louise

    March 9, 2015 at 5:16 am

    “The person behind the post remade the cartoons, but replaced the words in main bubble of each cartoon”
    For instance: http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/properties/wpwg.php?id=92&today=2015-02-28

  18. Eddard Stark

    March 9, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I was also thinking the exact same thing.

  19. Christopher Kuhn

    March 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Remove the balloons and it is the original.

  20. Steve Bowen

    March 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Oh ffs, the “no idea” meme doesn’t substitute for the original, it adds it. How thick are people these days?

  21. Doug Hanthorn

    March 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Well, by not posting the original unaltered cartoons, the blogger is expecting you to use your brain and figure out how the right wing cartoonist was misrepresenting Net Neutrality.

  22. Philip Mastromonico

    March 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Doesn’t this article say that the originals were taken down and not accessible?

  23. michaeltblack

    March 12, 2015 at 12:39 am

    As a staunch liberal I actually consider this to be a huge waste of time. The reason being, there’s already a system of fast/slow lanes in place. Just as service for residential internet connections include different bandwidths at different prices, the same is true for business servers like Amazon or Netflix. They pay for how much people can access their site. As more people visit, more cables are needed to create the flow, raising their rates. The throttling issue people are afraid of has rarely been an issue, and I’m pretty sure you could sue if an Internet company knowingly breached contract like that. As much as I hate big ISPs, the question of net neutrality is a red herring. I’d much rather our representatives took up a more meaningful banner to effect changes to dismantle the information technology oligopoly.

  24. R.B. Seeville

    March 12, 2015 at 3:20 am

    It fits the leftist narrative to do so…

  25. Dennis M

    March 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    just remove the “this cartoonist has no idea…” bubble and you have the original cartoon.

  26. Steve

    March 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    At least, that’s what they told you. Sucker!

  27. Steve

    March 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Nobody knew how net neutrality works. The FCC declined to testify about it on Capitol Hill, and refused to release the regulations until after the vote. Suckers!

  28. _Jim

    March 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    WOW … like it’s their job to be ” so tolerant toward startup isp’s” ?

    Yeah … winner …

  29. _Jim

    March 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Mike O’Connell,

    You REALLY owe it to yourself to look up Mark Cuban’s response to this …

    Do you think broadcasting companies own a paid ‘fast lane’ to the public or no? (Through both the airwaves AND via satellite and cable.services)

    If your answer is “no”, why “no”?

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